A big congrats on adopting your new pup, we are so thankful for all of the awesome people like you that have stepped up to give these precious angels a second shot at life. Because we know how hard it can be to get a new dog settled in, we wanted to have a blog with some helpful items to have ready for their arrival! We will continue to update this list as we think of needed items but for now, here are our tried and tested absolute faves!
Prepping For Your New Pup!
Pet Insurance- This is probably the MOST important thing you can do for your pet as soon as he/she arrives. We have it on all 5 of our dogs and it’s something we have used various times now. We use Healthy Paws and they have been amazing. They cover 90% of all issues and they have been hassle-free every single time. There are a variety of different monthly payment and coverage options so you can select which works best for you. They also cover hereditary issues, hip dysplasia, all surgeries, meds, blood tests, etc… it’s awesome! Their plans do not cover pre-existing conditions, the veterinarian exam fee, spay/neuter procedures, or preventative care.
Pet Shampoo- As you know, I love using only clean and natural products for myself and my pets are no exception, only the best for them too! In my Organic Bunny store, I carry my personal favorite Organic pet shampoo by PetBiotics! It is so very clean and it’s amazing for dogs with any skin issues like dermatitis, rashes, hot spots, mange, shedding, ringworm, dandruff, impetigo, yeast infections, itchy skin and more! They also make a spray for those with more serious conditions, it works amazing.
Dental Care- Because many of these dogs lack proper oral hygiene, getting them on a nice dental routine is important! We use the Radius Organic canine toothpaste and dental kits. Our rescue has severe gingivitis so we will have to make him a dentist appointment for a deep cleaning soon. The above products are more so for preventive care and not for fixing any major damage.
Bunny’s Buddies Tote Bag- Featuring all 5 of our main pickup airports, this custom tote bag is the perfect way to pack your airport supplies while repping your favorite rescue!
Leash and Collars- The collar you use is up for your discretion as there are people who frown upon both choke collars and harnesses alike. We personally do not believe in using choke collars so we use a soft collar, harness, and leash. Yes, harnesses do encourage pulling but when your dog walks it’s arousal is so high that he will choke himself and not care while using a choke collar. We use the Wonder Walker harnesses (not on Amazon) paired with their Bunny’s Buddies leash and collar as 100% of the proceeds made from them go to rescuing dogs. They are also an amazing conversation piece for when you are out and about with your dog!
Flea & Tick Collars- We use these 100% Natural Amber Resign collars to repel fleas and ticks and yes, they work plus, they’re so pretty. These you will want to wait for your pup to arrive as measurements are critical to their performance.
Probiotics- Great for dogs, cats & horses, I love the Adored Beast’s Love Bugs as it is a Pre & Probiotic and super easy to add to their food! This is made to support your pet’s resistance to fungal overgrowth, soothing allergies, preventing tooth decay, supporting digestion, increasing food absorption, and more which is really important to support your new dog’s healing and best overall health.
Food– While we do make our dog food homemade from scratch, for those that need a quicker and easier option that is still healthy, we do like the Farmer’s Dog fresh meals. I find that many dogs have allergies to Chicken so I avoid it with all of my dogs. Take 50% OFF The Farmer’s Dog here.
Cleaning Supplies- Because our pets usually hang out and rest on our floors, using a non-toxic cleaning solution is very important as we don’t want them breathing in any disrupting fragrances or licking toxins. My favorite brand is Branch Basics and code ORGANICBUNNY saves you $$.
Dog DNA Test- Want to know your pup’s exact breed? Get a doggy DNA test! This is so much fun and will tell you a comprehensive breakdown of your dog’s breed, age, relatives, and overall health risks!
Play Pen- This large playpen is a nice option if you have other dogs and want to be able to keep them apart for a bit to adjust. Or, if you do not want to crate the dogs at night, this is sort of a more roomy version of the crate.
Instagrammable Toys- Nothing is cuter than snapping a pic of your new pup with a plush passport or bottle of bubbly! We also have an interactive toy we love too! Check out cute toys here.
Dog Bowls- Sadly, many rescue dogs have been kept from food throughout their life which results in them inhaling their food quickly, leaving them at risk for bloat which is deadly. We have been using these Stainless Steel slow feeder bowls and loving them! Code BUNNYSBUDDIES saves too!
Water Filter- Because I do not like giving my pups fluoride and heavy metal infested tap water, we use a water filter for all of their drinking water! Click here for my faves, codes included!
Dog Chews– Because dogs LOVE to chew, especially with nerves running wild in their new environment, having chewies on deck is key! You never want to feed your dog rawhide as it is a major choking hazard, however, these No Hide chews are a great alternative as they are made from brown rice instead! We use the beef version as well. I would still supervise your dogs while eating these since they are a giant clump, you want to make sure they are not swallowing this, or anything, whole.
Durable Dog Toys- We have tried every dog toy under the sun and the only brand my dogs have yet to destroy is the PLAY brand, these things are crazy durable! Many rescue dogs have anxiety that they can tend to take out on their toys so finding this brand was a lifesaver. These not only float in our pool but they have yet to be dismembered!
Baby Gates- If you have other dogs at home that you are not sure about getting along, we have personally been using these baby gates and let me tell you, they are a lifesaver. They do not require being screwed into the door, they are super tall, super easy to install, customizable and come with a door for easy in and out. These are also awesome if you want to leave your dog in your bedroom or a sectioned off the room while at work or away, to keep them confined without shutting the door.
Immune Boosting Supplements– After we took our rescue to the holistic vet, she suggested getting all of our dogs on a nutritional supplement to help their immune system recover after all they may have endured. Our dog Hamilton had a sneeze once he arrived and after a week of these, he is now sneeze-free. I am not saying these cured him, however, whatever was going on is now gone thanks to time and hopefully, a good immune-boosting product. One of our favorites is this Glacier Peak Daily Defense powder, simply add it to their food once per day.
Detox Supplements- Looking to help your pet detox after a round of vaccines? If so, this Anti-Vaccinosis is designed to be used after vaccinosis to assist in the removal of associated vaccine side effects without removing any of the vaccine benefits. Made with a homeopathic preparation of Thuja and Silicea, this helps to remove the toxins or negative side effects from a recently vaccinated animal. This can be used on both cats and dogs and should be done once in your pet’s lifetime regardless of how long ago they had vaccines.
Fish Oil– Nordic Naturals Omega-3 supplements are an excellent source of the important omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that your pooch needs. EPA and DHA help support skin and coat health, joint health, heart health, immune system health, cellular health, and brain and eye development and maintenance. I love this brand because they are Wild Caught and Sustainably sourced. These are really awesome for healthy skin, soothing itchy skin, a healthy coat, and more.
Ear Cleaner or Itch Relief- Is your furry friend feeling itchy? If so, this combination of apple cider vinegar & soothing herbs is fantastic for soothing itchy skin & for preventing skin infections caused by topical yeast. Simply spray your Yeasty Beast on skin folds or on a cotton pad for ears.
Amazon Faves- In addition to all of the above, I have added my other faves like brushes, vacuums, flea & tick spray, supplements & more to our Amazon page here!
Bunny’s Buddies Stickers & Magnets- Show off your rescue pride with these beyond adorable stickers that feature some of our most popular rescue pups!